A Little Tradition

I almost threw this out, unseen. It was on the reverse side of a worksheet, the side that hadn't been set apart as being for something. One minute I am in rote Mom mode, flipping through, piling and preparing to dispense of the day's stack of first grader school papers, bundle readied for the garbage--and …

Paper Wish

Scrabbling around in my bedside table drawer, I found this card. This wish. It made my throat clench up to read it, in the weird way that wanting to cry and not giving into it rewards us with a bit more pain. A bit more reason to cry, actually. Sarah has been my friend since our …

Writing Out The Lyrics

When I was in high school, I used to spend hours with my headphones on, or in front of my boom box, starting and stopping songs so I could scrawl out the lyrics. Not surprisingly, the songs I'd choose to write out were ones I'd designated as particularly meaningful--they were songs I wanted to possess in …

Sorting Time

I count on the end of each year as my moment for self-reconciliation, my opportunity to think through the year gone by and decide what it all means. Me, the bookkeeper AND the books, settled in at an imagined table to see how I did this year, my life a one-woman business of sorts. And I …

Memory and Change

Think Kit, Day Two! Still excited. Still blogging on not my computer. Today's prompt is straightforward: I am to tell you about a time this year that I changed my mind. Possible problem: I don't change my mind! (Not publicly. Not in a way I'd ever admit to. I'd find a way to back into …

#76submissions

Friends, hello! I feel like I'm sending out this post into the world from some strange, faraway place--your blogging foreign correspondent--and I don't know why I should even mention that, because every internet thing is more or less 'unstuck'--not really moored to anything but this blog and hey, you may only ever encounter just this …

Unwritten Letters

Think Kit by Smallbox continues throughout the year with a prompt-a-month setup, and I suggested the prompt chosen for February, so I better write it, yeah? Write a letter to someone whom you never got a chance to thank for the role they played in your life. What was it about that person that mattered …

2014 Resolutions

Think Kit wants to know: What's one step you can take to support a goal you have for 2014? First of all, let's talk about a couple of my goals for the year, which I'll present here in the form of the ever-popular resolution. I resolve it! Resolution One: Participate in the #Read26Indy challenge and read …